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Welcome to Parcast Presents, your new home for special mini-series running across the Parcast Network! This is where you'll find holiday specials, retrospectives on pivotal historical moments, deep-dives into cultural phenomena, and other can't-miss episodes curated from over 40 Parcast shows! Listen for free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
 
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Revisit ten of the worst fathers in true crime history in this special collection from Parcast Network. From the father who turned his son into a spy, to the dad whose long business trips turned out to be mafia hits, these dads will definitely not be getting any Father’s Day gifts this year. Devious Dads is a Spotify Original from Parcast. Listen f…
 
From creating costly “healing instruments” to engaging in group sex activities, the Gentle Wind Project claimed to address traumas through spiritual energy work in the 1980s and ‘90s. When former members spoke out about the cult’s abuse, it disbanded, only to reemerge in 2007. If you enjoy this Cults episode and want to hear more international crim…
 
Known as “Babu” to locals, former pastor Ambilikile Mwasapile gained international attention after claiming in 2010 that he had found a cure for cancer, diabetes and AIDS. His alleged medical breakthrough was inspired by divine dreams — but it cost potentially thousands of people their lives. If you enjoy this Cults episode and want to hear more in…
 
Around 2007, a new miracle healer stepped on stage in Brazil, claiming to cure cancer, heart disease and HIV. Followers flocked from all over the world… But the healer wasn’t a traditional preacher, or even a flashy snake oil salesman. She was a 3-year-old girl named Alani Santos. For more international crime cases, follow International Infamy with…
 
Ukrainian psychotherapist Anatoly Kashpirovsky led hypnotic TV healing sessions in the late 1980s and ‘90s, drawing millions of viewers across Eastern Europe. He laid low after a series of controversies — but made his comeback in 2009, and is still allegedly healing the masses on his hit YouTube channel. For more international crime cases, follow I…
 
An Amityville, New Jersey home was the site of a brutal family murder in 1974. When a new family moved in less than a year later, they lasted just weeks before being driven out by bizarre and horrifying events. The house is featured in the opening scenes of The Conjuring Two. For more episodes like this one, follow Haunted Places free on Spotify. L…
 
In 1980, a family in Connecticut encountered a demon while checking out a rental home. Paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren were brought in to help, inspiring The Conjuring film franchise's third installment, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. The building became known as the Brookfield House... and many believe the demon still lurks ther…
 
A single mother and her four children are plagued by paranormal activity at their house in Enfield, England. Everyone who visits has a different explanation for its terrors — medieval yeomen, an evil magician, “ten naughty things''... The haunting becomes one of the most well-publicized cases in modern history, and the inspiration for The Conjuring…
 
The original film of The Conjuring franchise was inspired by a centuries-old Rhode Island property. Built in 1736, the Old Arnold Estate was allegedly once the home of a satanic witch. When the Perron family moved into the home in 1973, they reawakened her spirit — and famed paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren showed up to investigate. For mo…
 
Wrapping up our deep dive into the world of whistleblowing, we're examining its current state. We look at where marquee whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden are today. And we look ahead at what will happen to whistleblowers in the future. Will technological advances help them — or make their jobs even more deadly?…
 
In 2013, NSA systems administrator Edward Snowden handed over thousands of classified documents to journalists. The subsequent revelations of government mass surveillance re-defined whistleblowing in the 21st century and sparked an international conversation about privacy. For more episodes like this one, follow Espionage free on Spotify. Learn mor…
 
Ambiguity and risk are par for the course with whistleblowing. The space between people’s rights to government transparency and the government’s need to keep certain secrets can seem nebulous. But whatever a potential whistleblower decides, one thing is clear: whistleblowing stories are most often tragedies. For more episodes like this one, follow …
 
The WikiLeaks releases in 2010 came almost entirely from a single source: Chelsea Manning. While deployed in Iraq, the struggling U.S. Army private was also fighting a private war with her identity. When she was given access to classified information, Manning finally found an opportunity to assert her true beliefs to the world. For more episodes li…
 
Hacker and transparency activist Julian Assange founded the website WikiLeaks in early 2006. In 2010, he garnered worldwide attention for several massive information drops that exposed some of the darkest aspects of U.S. foreign relations — and set himself up as one of the most compelling figures of contemporary whistleblowing. For more episodes li…
 
The modern origins of whistleblowing reach all the way back to a surprising source: Benjamin Franklin. The act has developed significantly into the 20th century — and so have the legal consequences. For more episodes like this one, follow Espionage free on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
Investigating the blast and compiling evidence was a huge undertaking. And in the 25 years since the Oklahoma City bombing, McVeigh was turned into something of a folk hero, with his rhetoric inspiring copycats and seeping into mainstream politics. For more episodes like this one, follow Conspiracy Theories free on Spotify. Learn more about your ad…
 
On the morning of the attack, McVeigh parked a rental truck below the Murrah building’s daycare center. At 9am, he ignited the bomb’s two-minute fuse and fled. The explosion was catastrophic, and the day thereafter was filled with tragic deaths, miraculous survivals — and the hunt for the person at the center of it all. For more episodes like this …
 
After coming of age in the early ‘90s, Timothy McVeigh became increasingly radicalized against the U.S. government. Witnessing tragic events at Ruby Ridge and Waco motivated him to plan and execute the most devastating incident of domestic terrorism in American history. For more episodes like this one, follow Conspiracy Theories free on Spotify. Le…
 
On April 19, 1995, U.S. Army veteran Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more. For more episodes like this one, follow Conspiracy Theories free on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
The world looked on in shock when an assassin shot Pope John Paul II in May 1981. The official story was that a crazed lone gunman was to blame, but some theories suggest the attack may have been part of one of the biggest international coverups of all time… For more episodes like this one, follow Conspiracy Theories free on Spotify! Learn more abo…
 
In 1917, three children in Fatima, Portugal received a series of prophetic messages that were kept secret for decades — first at the behest of the heavenly message-giver, and then by the Vatican itself. When all three secrets were finally revealed, they made for an apocalyptic story of war, destruction… and redemption. For more episodes like this o…
 
Over the centuries, the Vatican Secret Archive has ballooned to millions of documents contained in over 50 miles of shelves. It’s rumored to contain the world's largest collection of pornography, proof of Jesus Christ... even predictions of the end of the world. For more episodes like this one, follow Conspiracy Theories free on Spotify! Learn more…
 
Today, Vatican City is known as an elegant seat of divine power and prestige. But the centuries-long history of the Vatican is marked by bloodshed, corruption — and more secrets than the Church would like to admit. For more episodes like this one, follow Conspiracy Theories free on Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com…
 
This episode is brought to you by Espionage, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Espionage on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. After moving to Florida in the 1990s, George Trofimoff thought he had left all traces of his espionage back in Europe. However, as the FBI got wind of what he had done, a team of de…
 
This episode is brought to you by Espionage, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Espionage on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. In 1969, American intelligence officer George Trofimoff agreed to provide copies of highly classified documents to the Soviet Union. Driven by a lust for wealth, he was willing to g…
 
This episode is brought to you by Not Guilty, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Not Guilty on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. After the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention devolved into riots, the country demanded answers. Who was responsible for the rampant violence in the streets? In th…
 
This episode is brought to you by Not Guilty, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Not Guilty on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. The Democratic National Convention was hotly contested in 1968 - the future of the Vietnam War and the fates hundreds of thousands of soldiers stationed overseas were tied to the …
 
This episode is brought to you by Extraterrestrial, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Extraterrestrial on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. With the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a plan for a joint mission to the moon between the United States and Russia was cancelled before it begun. Decades later, as…
 
This episode is brought to you by Extraterrestrial, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Extraterrestrial on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. During the summer of 1969, the Apollo 10 lunar mission orbited the far side of the moon encountered unfamiliar signals coming from the moon's surface. After the famed …
 
This episode is brought to you by Survival, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Survival on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. The terrible storm of August 18th, 1969 utterly devastated the Gulf Coast. However, a coordinated effort from the National Guard, the Seabees, truckers and the federal government retu…
 
This episode is brought to you by Survival, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Survival on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Riding a summer high, the citizens of the Mississippi Coast, also known as the “Riviera of the South,” never expected that on August 18th, 1969, their community would be destroyed by …
 
This episode is brought to you by Haunted Places, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Haunted Places on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Built in 1884, the Chelsea Hotel has been a beacon of New York City counterculture for over a century. Its bohemian community has included Andy Warhol, Sid Vicious, and St…
 
This episode is brought to you by Crimes of Passion, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Crimes of Passion on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. In the early morning of August 9, 1969, Charles Manson’s followers stewed in the aftermath of their murderous actions. They had never done anything like that before,…
 
This episode is brought to you by Crimes of Passion, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Crimes of Passion on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. When 32-year-old Charles Manson was released from prison in 1967, he made his way to the free-thinking streets of Haight-Ashbury. There, gurus, shamans, and yogis ta…
 
This episode is brought to you by Conspiracy Theories, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Conspiracy Theories on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. In the summer of 1969, Senator and presidential hopeful Ted Kennedy became embroiled in a scandal surrounding the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. The fallout of the i…
 
This episode is brought to you by Conspiracy Theories, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Conspiracy Theories on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. On July 18th, 1969, Ted Kennedy, the youngest son of Joseph Kennedy Sr., drove his car off of a single lane bridge into a pond, resulting in the death of his fem…
 
This episode is brought to you by Historical Figures, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Historical Figures on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Today, Muhammad Ali is one of the most celebrated athletes and activists in history, but he was not always so appreciated. In 1969, Ali was stripped of his fightin…
 
This episode is brought to you by Female Criminals, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Female Criminals on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. As the Manson Family turned onto Cielo Drive, time slowed to a crawl. On August 8, 1969, the most infamous cult slayings in American history would take place. The “Man…
 
This episode is brought to you by Female Criminals, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Female Criminals on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. By July, 1969, the "Manson Girls” saw Charlie as more than a leader, he was the second coming of Christ. Manson’s cult gospel called them to prepare for a fast approac…
 
This episode is brought to you by Kingpins, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Kingpins on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. The Brotherhood of Eternal Love reached new heights after the proliferation of their potent LSD tablet "Orange Sunshine." They spread their psychedelic gospel far and wide, even attra…
 
This episode is brought to you by Kingpins, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Kingpins on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Just before the Summer of Love, 22-year-old John Griggs discovered LSD and had an epiphany – he would serve as the Hippie Messiah and guide the world to psychedelic revolution. John s…
 
This episode is brought to you by Unsolved Murders, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Unsolved Murders on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. In late 1969, the body of a girl who had been stabbed to death was found in a tree just off Mulholland Drive, in Los Angeles, California. The body was unidentifiable, …
 
This episode is brought to you by Assassinations, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Assassinations on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. In March 1969, James Earl Ray pled guilty to the murder of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel. Three days later, he rescinded his confession …
 
This episode is brought to you by The Dark Side Of, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to The Dark Side Of on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. In 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland began filming the Wizard of Oz. While the film would become a beloved classic, Judy would go on to struggle with eating disorders and…
 
This episode is brought to you by Unexplained Mysteries, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Unexplained Mysteries on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Following the string of brutal murders throughout the 1960s, the masked man known as the Zodiac Killer continued to write letters to the press and police, wh…
 
This episode is brought to you by Unexplained Mysteries, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Unexplained Mysteries on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. In the summer of 1969, newspapers in Northern California began receiving coded letters from a person who would come to identify themselves as "The Zodiac." T…
 
Every week for 18 seasons, Parcast Presents featured thematic collections made up of the best episodes across Parcast Network. Now, this feed is your home for special miniseries and multipart deep-dives into historical, cultural, and storytelling events curated from over 40 Parcast podcasts. Catch up on the gripping specials you may have missed and…
 
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